Thursday, 30 June 2016

"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did."
~ Newt Gingrich

Monday, 27 June 2016

"Curiosity" Acrylic 6" x 6"

Acrylic 6" x 6"

Finished this sweet wee filly today ( ) and I did change the background to a darker tone. But, after I did I wasn't happy with it so went back lighter and I think this softer tone suits better. I've enjoyed working on this one and would like to do more but I have a hankering for a seascape next, so watch this space.
I'm now going to relax by having a look through the ever growing pile of magazines waiting to be read. Thanks for looking in.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

This morning...

Was one of those mornings that felt fresh and new and the turmoil in the country seemed an age away. There had been a shower of rain before I started my day and everything in the garden felt fresh and new. No doubt at some point reality will kick in but for now I just appreciated what was around me.
Also made some more headway into the the wee foal study and I'm finding it fun to do. Wondering now as I type this whether I might change the background colour. I quite like it but it was never really my intention to have it this colour and I thought to go much darker. No hurry, there's plenty of time to contemplate.

"Curiosity" - a work in progress - acrylic 6" x 6"

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Almost a drawing....

"Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to shame of art." ~ Izaak Walton

My intention was to stun you all with my amazing first pencil sketch of a sparrow, unfortunately my pencil and my hand weren't in tune this evening. Instead a photo of the very handsome daddy of the blackbird siblings frequenting my garden. He takes his daddy duties very seriously. You might notice his wing sits oddly. Has done so since the day the Sparrowhawk made a dive at one of the baby's. Daddy here slammed himself into the hawk. I really did think it would be curtains for him, but he's made of sterner stuff and the hawk backed off.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Summer Solstice

Been one of those days today when everything I planned scattered to the wind. So instead of a follow on of the wee foal here's a selection of photos. The garden has been blessed with a variety of birds and it's so lovely to follow the baby chick's progress.
Top is of course my wee golden boy Buddy, he and Lilly adore being out in the garden. Second is an adult sparrow having a wee drink and wondering if she should have a wee dook in the birdbath. Third is a baby starling wandering in the grass. Fourth is my darling BB one of three young blackbirds that found themselves prematurely out of their nest when a neighbours trees got raided, most likely by a cat. Fifth another young starling making an awful racket trying to convince it's Mum of how hungry it is. And last but not least the Strawberry Solstice Moon, looks more peachy than strawberry but that could be the cloud coverage. Hopefully it might be clearer tomorrow before dawn.
Well time to hit the sack wishing a blessed Summer Solstice x

Sunday, 19 June 2016

"Curiosity" Acrylics 6" x 6" - a work in progress.

Well it was a wee bit damp and dreicht out in the garden today so I carried on with the work in progress of the Solaris baby. Started to introduce some colour, this can be a slow process where horses or indeed any animal is involved. I think I spend more time thinking and standing back looking than actually painting. But, I have to say I'm enjoying myself probably for this first in a long time, long may it continue.
Thanks for looking in :)

Saturday, 18 June 2016

"Curiosity" Acrylic 6" x 6" - a work in progress

Well that's royal Ascot over for another year the last covered by Channel 4 sadly. Not sure what kind of coverage of racing we are going to get by ITV (or mostly ITV3). I know there were many who didn't like the presenters so perhaps I'm easy pleased because I always enjoyed the coverage. Anyways they continue bringing racing to the screen until the Qipco British Champions Day. We can only hope those that take over make a good go of it.
Back to work now and after watching all the lovely bloodstock over the last few days seems only natural to start with a wee horse. I'll be honest and come clean that I didn't actually mean to have this wee foals nose disappearing off the board but the more I looked at it the more I liked how curious it made her look.
The little lady in question is a wee beauty born last year at Rosalyn Serex's Solaris Sport Horses stud near Dunblane. You may remember the study below I did of her last year in oil's. She is by Rosalyn's gorgeous black dressage stallion Solaris Amourex.

Well now that the heat as calmed down I think I'll take myself outside to sit in the garden for wee while and listen to the birds as they ready themselves to roost.
Thanks as always for looking in.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

"Beach Blooms" Acrylic 8" x 8"

"Beach Blooms"
Acrylic 8" x 8" £250

I don't need to be told that to do something well you have to keep at it. Whether it's sport, writing or as in my case painting. When things aren't going well I find myself easily sidetracked. Indeed I've been known to do housework rather than start a painting. This past wee while I really have been busy with other things. But, today, after spending a lot of time taking photos, which granted some will come in useful as inspiration for art. I actually got myself sat down first thing at the easel. It got more difficult after that, painting, scraping it off, painting and scraping it off again. That lasted till lunch time when I returned. An hour later I finally decided it was done...I think!

Evening song...

Not been a particularly good day today. From the get go this morning I had one of those black moods that sweeps over you from nowhere. All the little things that have been niggling for a while all seem to gather momentum and like a rolling ball get's bigger. Basically I just got to feeling a little sorry for myself. But tonight just before I locked everything up and headed upstairs I went out with a cup of tea into the garden. I bought a new garden bench the other day and I sat on it with my cup of tea and a piece of bun. There in front of me almost sitting on my fence was the pale crescent of the Moon and then I became aware of the birds singing their evening songs before roosting. I can't say that all the niggling things have disappeared but the weight of the World doesn't sit quite so heavily on my shoulders as I type this now.
Thanks for dropping by...

Monday, 6 June 2016

Hospital Gowns

Remember to click on the image...

Ok this made me chuckle when I saw it. It's a baby Starling with it's back to me, with it's as yet not fully developed feathers. I immediately thought of those awful hospital gowns that are produced when you have go for an x-ray or an examination. They never quite meet and spare your modesty...LOL

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Still in the garden...

Punk Rocking Starling

Wee Lilly glowing in the Sun

Lavatera getting ready to blossom

This wee blackbird has caused quite a stir over the last few days. The only survivor of a nest of hatchlings in a neighbours garden it's parents have been hiding and feeding it amongst my shrubs and trees. Every morning when I come down stairs I watch eagerly from the window hoping it will still be there. The parents are doing an amazing job against all the odds in getting this fledgling to a point where it can look after itself. Got to keep our fingers crossed for a wee while!

Saturday, 4 June 2016

In the Garden...

Some images taken in the garden, we are having some amazing weather at the moment and it's a joy to spend some in the garden. The last photo is a rather grumpy looking baby starling. I bought a new garden bench and it was lovely sitting and snapping everything around me.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Enjoying the heatwave...

Lilly know's only too well what the Scottish weather can be like so she's grabbing the sunshine while she can. A nice wee shady spot in the garden and a snooze. Bring me a cool drink Mum!